Mustang Minute

February 7, 2020


  • 5 Essentials Survey (UPDATED)
  • Kindergarten Registration (NEW)
  • Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (NEW)
  • Valentine's Day Celebrations (NEW)
  • State Assessments
  • MES Lock-In Event
  • Millburn Cares- St. Baldrick's
  • Communication

  • Upcoming Events (UPDATED)


  • Virtual Backpack (UPDATED)

5 Essentials Parent Survey- CLICK HERE

Schools can see results when 20% of families complete the survey. Currently, we are at 12% of Millburn Families who have completed the survey. Please take a few moments to provide feedback to help us grow as a school.

Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021

Wednesday, April 1st, 4-6pm

18550 Millburn Road

Old Mill Creek, IL

If you have a child who will turn five years old on or before September 1, 2020, please take note of the following information. Millburn District 24 will be accepting registration for Kindergarten on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Millburn Elementary School, 18550 Millburn Road, Wadsworth.

You must call the school to request a registration packet. Millburn Elementary School's main office number is 847-356-8331. All required paperwork should be completed when you bring it with you to begin the registration process. If you are unable to attend the registration date, you may drop off the completed packet prior to April 1, 2020. Kindergarten screening for readiness will take place in August prior to the start of school.

What else should parents bring to registration?

1) Your COMPLETED registration packet.

2) Your child's ORIGINAL birth certificate - Must be Issued from the County (not the hospital keepsake) - we will make a copy, no charge.

3) Proof of Residency - The registration packet will contain a form with a list of required documentation.

4) Your calendar - You will be able to make an appointment for screening, which is done in August.

FIRST GRADE - If you currently have a child enrolled in a kindergarten program other than the Millburn District, please notify the office if you intend to register your child for first grade in Millburn. Your child must be six years old on or before September 1, 2020, to register for first grade in this district. If you know anyone in our district who may not receive this notification, please ask them to contact the school. We appreciate your help as we prepare for next

school year!

Valentine's Day Celebrations

V-Day parties will be Friday, February 14h at 1:00. EPIC is working hard to get all the activities ready to go for our students. We do want to remind families that our holiday parties are FOOD-FREE. Do not send Valentine’s Day cards that include candy such as NERDs boxes, FunDips, Candy heart boxes, etc. Also, do not send goodie bags filled with food items. Our holiday parties are designed for fun without the need for treats or goodie bags. There is no need to send anything that day with your child, except Valentine’s Day cards for their fellow students. Any candy or goodie bags brought in will not be distributed to students and will be sent home with the child or parent who brought them. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT)

Students in 2nd and 5th grades will be taking the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) in mid-February. For second graders this requires two sessions (one of 15 minutes and one of about 35 minutes). Fifth graders take the test in one session of 45 minutes. Information from the Otis-Lennon is part of the district’s universal screening tools for AIM, our program to meet the needs of our advanced and high-ability learners. Information about your child’s results will be shared with you.

State Assessments

Millburn Elementary is preparing for our upcoming state assessments.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

Our 5th graders will be administered the Illinois Science Assessment on March 17th, 18th, and 19th. Each session will take approximately 45min. Last year, 79% of our students were proficient with their science skills, which is awesome! Yet, we continue to strive to improve each year.

Here is a link for more information on the ISA: ISA Information

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

The IAR is a computer-based standardized assessment for all students in Grades 3 - 8 that is meant to measure students’ progress toward the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practices. Millburn Elementary will test April 2nd-9th. This will provide the school district with information on student learning and facilitate continuous improvement of our educational programs.

English Language Arts

Grade 3 : 2 tests (75 minutes each)

Grades 4 - 8: 2 tests (90 minutes each)


Grades 3 - 8: 3 tests (60 minutes each)

Practice Tests and Questions

One way to help your child is to learn more about the content for your child's grade level and the types of questions on the IAR exam by using the links below.

ELA Practice Tests - Select grade level and click on "Standard Test Nav Version" button

Math Practice Tests - Select grade level and click on "Standard Test Nav Version" button

Online Student Tutorials

These tutorials will show you the variety of question types students will encounter when taking the IAR online. First, students are exposed to a question type and then they are given a content-based example for practice.

Grade 3-5 ELA

Grades 3-5 Math

Equation Editor Tutorials

The equation editor is a tool students will need to know how to use for the math portion of the IAR. It allows students to build equations to show solutions to test questions.

Equation Editor Tutorial (Grades 3-5)

Practice with Equation Editor (Grades 3-5)

MES Lock-In Event

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 6-7:30pm

18550 Millburn Road

Old Mill Creek, IL

Come with books and blankets and READ with your family.

You will be ‘Locked- In’ for 20 minutes in the theme-room of your choice to read

either silently or quietly with a family member. There will be 3 rotations 6pm, 6:30, and 7pm. Scholastic Book Fair will be open all evening ‘til 8pm.

Where will you choose to read? By a campfire with a flashlight, Under the Sea, In Sports Arena, Seussville, or in a Mad Scientist Lab.

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Millburn Cares- St. Baldrick's

Be a hero for kids with cancer!

Join this St. Baldrick's event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement!

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Get involved and you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!

Millburn Elementary, with the help of Student Council, will be hosting a St. Baldrick's event. The event will be held on Friday, March 20th from 4pm-6pm. If you are interested in participating, or donating to this great cause, visit our website at

You can also contact Lisa Palmisano at for more information.


We encourage all families to reach out to us (teachers, administrators, office staff) if you have any questions or concerns you would like for us to address. We aim to make our school the best learning experience for your child and your input is valuable in making that happen. Do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help!

Upcoming Events


14th- Valentine's Day Celebrations

17th- No School- President's Day

18th- No School- Teacher Inservice

20th- EPIC Talent Show


Online Auction: The 2020 Millburn Online Auction will begin Tuesday, February 11th at 10:00 a.m. and run until Thursday, February 20th at 10:00 p.m. Please take advantage of these unique and exciting experiences for your children to enjoy with the wonderful staff and teachers of Millburn Elementary and Millburn Middle Schools. There are a lot of great items! Find more information about logging in and bidding through the flyer in the virtual backpack!

Millburn Madness: Please be sure to SAVE THE DATE for Millburn Madness 2020! Saturday April 4, 2020 at The Shanty. Entertainment by Bella Cain! Live and silent auctions! Tickets on sale soon!

District Talent Show: Our EPIC Talent Show is Thursday, February 20th at 6PM at Millburn Middle School cafeteria. Admission to the talent show is free. Please come out & watch Millburn students from Kindergarten thru 8th grade performing in this year's EPIC talent show!! Student acts will include singing, dancing, karate / tae kwon do, magic, gymnastics, piano, drums, violin and much more. PLUS, Mr. Walshire and Mr. Jorgenson will be doing a special performance at the Talent Show. Don't miss it!! See you there!!

Kids Resale: The Resale Donation Drive was a huge success!! Thank you for all your support! If you find that you still have items you wish to donate, please contact us via email at or through Facebook as soon as possible.

We are also looking for donations of wire hangers. They can be dropped off in the box at the MMS or contact us at and we can figure out another location.

Now Seeking: Additional sellers for our upcoming MILLBURN KIDS RESALE! Feel like earning some extra money? Start collecting the clothes and toys your kids have outgrown - then turn your collections into cash by selling them at the Millburn Kids Resale! It's a great way for you - and your kids - to clean out the closet, garage, basement, and attic! All early registrations received are automatically entered into a drawing to win 75% of your proceeds instead of the standard 50%. Registration forms can be found on the EPIC website ( and in the virtual backpack.

Would you like to come early and shop the Millburn Kids Resale BEFORE the doors open to the public? Make your selection from great name brand items at fantastic prices from 3:15pm to 4pm on Opening Day of the sale! The PRESALE is an invite only event for volunteers that help out either before, during or after the sale. We are very flexible with the hours and opportunities to volunteer. If there isn’t a time or date that works for your schedule, please contact us to make other arrangements.

Please follow this link to view opportunities

Spirit Wear: Recycle/Swap: Do you have spirit wear your child has out grown? Recycle/Swap them out! Bring an item and receive a ticket to pick a “new” item at our Swap Day in conjunction with the Fun Run on April 4th. Drop off donations at the offices and other upcoming events.

Drop off dates:

February 20th at District Talent Show MMS

March 13th at Family Fun Night MES

Millburn Scholarship Program: EPIC is thrilled to offer three $1,000

scholarships to 2020 senior Millburn alums who have plans to continue their education after high school. Please see the attached application to find out how to apply. Completed applications are due by Wednesday, MARCH 4th, 2020. Please email Meghan Edelmann at if you have any further questions.

Amazon Smile: Do you use Amazon? Consider making your orders through Amazon Smile –Millburn EPIC will get a percentage of every order done in our name. See the virtual backpack for the easy instructions.

2019-2020 Millburn EPIC Sponsorship: Consider becoming an EPIC sponsor this year at the Gold, Silver or Bronze levels or participate in the $24 for 24. The support that is received from our sponsors directly provides the ability to enhance instruction and provide educational opportunities for our students to enrich their learning experience.

For more information visit our website at

Upcoming dates:

February 20 District Talent Show

February 26/27 MES Book Fair

March 6/7 Kid’s Resale

March 5-7 MMS Bogo Book Fair

Questions or concerns contact us at

Virtual Backpack

  • KDG Registration
  • EPIC Online Auction
  • EPIC Talent Show
  • Lake Villa Timberwolves

Parent Resources